Virginia SCC grants APCo’s motion seeking to extend construction completion date of 138-kV project

The Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC), in a June 1 order, granted Appalachian Power Company’s (APCo) May 17 motion, in which the company requested an extension of the Sept. 1 in-service date until Dec. 31, 2018, for its Tazewell-Bearwallow 138-kV Transmission Line Rebuild Project.

As TransmissionHub reported, the SCC, in a Sept. 14, 2015, final order, authorized the company to build and operate the rebuild project, subject to certain conditions.

The SCC noted in that order that American Electric Power‘s (NYSE:AEP) APCo, in its application, requested approval of the Virginia portion of the proposed project, which is to be located partly in Tazewell County, Va., and partly in McDowell County, W.Va. The company said that the project consists generally of an approximately 12.5-mile rebuild of an existing 69-kV transmission line to 138-kV, about 7.8 miles of which will be located in Virginia, and about 4.7 miles of which will be located in West Virginia; and associated substation improvements at the company’s existing Tazewell and Bearwallow substations in Virginia, and its existing Faraday substation in West Virginia, including buswork, switches and related equipment as well as an expansion of the upper yard at the Tazewell substation. The company proposed an in-service date of summer 2017, and estimated that the project will cost about $38m, the SCC added.

In its June 1 order, the SCC noted that the September 2015 order called for the project to be built and in service by Sept. 1, 2017, provided, however, the company is granted leave to apply for an extension for good cause shown.

The SCC said in its June 1 order that in support of its motion, APCo said that due to outage constraints and serial construction sequencing requirements beginning on the Whitewood-Richlands 138-kV Line Project, and subsequently on the feeder lines from West Virginia, the company will not be able to place the project in service by Sept. 1.

According to APCo, the SCC said, the extension will allow the company sufficient time to complete the project and place it in service.

The SCC said that the Sept. 1 completion date in the September 2015 order is extended until Dec. 31, 2018, provided, however, that APCo is granted leave to apply for extension of that date for good cause shown.

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